Financial Repression 101:
What you need to know to help protect your portfolio
Since 2008, deficit spending has ballooned as the U.S. government rescued failing financial institutions and tried to rekindle growth with both tax cuts and stimulus spending. As long-term public debt has reached unprecedented levels, investors have begun to question how those obligations will be resolved.
How will the "fiscal cliff" deal affect you?
On January 2nd, President Barack Obama signed the American Tax Relief Act, an eleventh-hour bill designed to resolve the year-long fiscal cliff debate over expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts set to take effect in 2013.
The legislation staves off massive job losses and a potential economic recession, but to Peter Lefkin, Allianz of America's Head of External and Government Affairs, the legislation is somewhat disappointing.
Finding opportunities within a troubled euro zone
Although headlines out of Europe are understandably a cause for concern for investors, opportunities do exist — but to find them, investors should consider the strengths of the various economies on their own merit.
Looking beyond the fiscal cliff
The "fiscal cliff" is the term economists have given to the combination of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to begin in January 2013, which could total $1.2 trillion over the next two years.
However the fiscal cliff is addressed, Allianz Global Investors reminds you that there are both strengths and weaknesses in the U.S. economy that will continue, so investors should remain focused on the fundamentals.
Six tried-and-true principles for any investor
As investors, it's important that we never stop learning because markets never stop changing. But having a firm grasp of some investing fundamentals can help you set realistic goals and stick to your financial plan.
The professionals at Allianz Global Investors have compiled this set of time-tested investing principals which they've used to guide their success.
Do you know why you aren't saving enough for your future?
"Only 1 out of 10 Americans are saving enough for their retirement," reports Shlomo Benartzi, Chief Behavioral Economist of the Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance. The other 9 out of 10 either can't or aren't saving enough for their retirement needs.
If you're part of that 90%, and most of us are, the question is simple — why aren't we saving enough? — but the answer is often more complicated.